Barcelona, Spain: Modernista works of art

An exploration of the most famous architecture in Barcelona

The original Stormtroopers? Statues on the rooftop of Gaudí’s Casa Milà that some say inspired the imagination of George Lucas (Source: Wikimedia Commons)


In our last post, I wrote about the inimitable Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and his masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia.  While this may be his most famous creation and one of the most visited sites in Barcelona, Gaudí and his modernista contemporaries have a whole slew of other works in and around the city that are also worth exploring.

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Barcelona, Spain: Gaudí and his Sagrada Familia

Barcelona’s bold Gaudi

The Sagrada Familia. Source: “Sagrada Familia 01” by Bernard Gagnon  (Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve wanted to be a writer.  In elementary school, I wrote all the time, stories about my family and ghosts and about a talking cow name Betsy who had super powers and a knack for saving the world.  As I grew older, my desire to write didn’t lessen, but I developed something most people are familiar with–fear of failure, a death-knell to the creative spirit.  I abandoned the fantastical stories, instead joining the newspaper and writing articles about sporting events and the Homecoming Dance.  After high school, I gave up writing altogether, except for occasional attempts at a novel or a short story, all of which sputtered to a halt as soon as self-doubt entered the picture.  I had lost faith in my ability to create.

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Camino del Norte Day 17: Goodbyes, Gaudí, and a castle

Saying goodbye to our two favorite Germans, and exploring two beautiful towns with our favorite Irishman

October 17, 2015
Comillas to San Vicente de la Barquera, 10 miles

After saying goodbye to Ann and Heidi, who had to head back to Germany, Jim, Vann, Dale and I decided to hang around Comillas for a little while to explore this fascinating little town.

A little background: Comillas was founded as early as the eleventh century, but its popularity as a vacation town for nineteenth-century Spanish aristocracy really put it on the map.  The aristocrats built expensive houses here, and there are many fine homes and buildings designed by renowned architects, but there was only one we were really interested in: Antoní Gaudí (1852-1926), one of the most important architects of the twentieth century.  Neither of us know much about architecture, but we learned about Gaudí when we were in Barcelona, where some of his most important and famous works are, and it blew our minds.  He was such a creative artist, a visionary, and his buildings are not only beautiful but fascinating.  He planned everything down to the smallest detail, and every part of every building was significant.

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